The Thanksgiving turkey had not yet cooled before my daughter suggested decorating our Christmas tree. She dove into the ornament box with glee and did a splendid job on old Tannenbaum. Her joyful anticipation of the holiday inspired a poem that I submitted to a local family magazine, baystateparent, as they were requesting ideas about how to make the holidays seem magical.
December at Last
When can we bake cookies? Take a photo for our card?
Can we wrap some presents now and decorate the yard?
Let’s drive slowly through our town and “OOH!” at all the lights.
And hang an Advent calendar to count down all the nights.
We’ll sing along with favorite songs from holiday CD’s,
Plan a snowball fight, and smell the fresh-cut balsam trees.
With ooey gooey frosting, build a house of gingerbread.
Pull out mittens, hats and scarves and pile onto the sled.
We’ll choose some perfect presents to drop off at Toys for Tots,
And write to Santa, telling him our secret dreams and thoughts.
Me make the season special? I don’t wish to be contrary.
The kids’ enthusiasm always makes our season merry!
When my poem was selected for publication, the nice folks at Purity Spring Resort offered my family a Polar Express weekend vacation in North Conway, NH. Even more wonderful, proceeds from the Polar Express benefit the Believe in Books Literacy Foundation which brings the joy of reading to northern New Hampshire and western Maine.
On behalf of all the Mealeys, thank you to baystateparent, Purity Spring, and the Polar Express for our fun weekend. We made Christmas memories that will last a lifetime, and were happy to support a worthy literacy program!